How much we have to suffer
Ever since DOP has switched over from its traditional recruitment system to new methodology and given recruitment to outside agencies such as CMC and now SSC, there is complete chaos causing abnormal delay in recruitment. It is not only the prospective candidates who are suffering but also there is acute shortage of staff making it difficult for the divisional heads to run day to day work smoothly. On the other hand there is incredible pressure on us to meet the target and provide timely service to the customers. The career progression of employees is also relegated to back sheet may it be DPC or fixture of pay despite clear orders from the court of law. Amid shortage of staff and joint duties being performed by us, how difficult is it to cope with the existing work load is anybody guess , particularly when recruitment for the year 2014-15 and onward of PA cadre is still pending. There is no DPC for JTS/ Group B cadre. A ray of hope was seen when dossier of prospective selected candidates of the PA recruitment 2014 was received but the same has now again been diminished when the recruitment process of the allotted PA cadre candidates has been held in abeyance on the representation of candidates on reservation issue. When DOPT has uncertainties towards direct recruit over this issue, how DOPT or UPSC will take decision for promotional DPC may be JTS or PS Group “B” is a big question mark. Apparently we have to fight for our rights to get justice.
As far as our department is concerned, every time, policy maker converged to formulate a policy, every time they failed. Obvious reasons are bereft of better understanding, critical approach, intensive research, thoughtful analysis and lack of foresightedness. Resultantly, number of policies took off with a little ray of hope, but each time it fell flat. Idea is good, initiatives are 100%, Pomp and Show is adequate, Results are zero. Probably reasons are lying somewhere else. On the contrary, there are other departments, which meticulous followed the directions of Nodal ones and never remained unhealthy. They never get excited or step ahead or raise their hands and thus, get all the warmth and caring.
Count from the beginning, none could go the right way, it deserves.
Ø Pooling of operative persons under Reserved Training Pool or back door entry;
Ø Casual Labourers (Grant of Temporary Status & Regularisation) Scheme effective as on 29.11.1991 & instructions thereto (another back door entry);
Ø One Time Bound promotion scheme (Financial upgradation after completion of 16 years regular service)
Ø Biennial Cadre Review Scheme (Financial upgradation after completion of 26 years regular service)
Ø 1/3rd Fast track promotion.
Ø Scheme for allotment of Surplus qualified IPs.
Ø Introduction of Separate Postmaster Cadre. It was introduced in 2010 but see the results today. There are court cases after court case without any exam or promotions in the cadre. Now Postmaster Grade-I officials have filed court case against cadre restructuring seeking relief for them to keep their share for promotion in higher grade as given to other PA cadre officials under cadre restructuring.
Ø Recruitment through CMC. Department has to black listed the company
Ø Outsourcing Postal Agents. Few takers
Ø Latest is the online recruitment of GDS. You will see the aftermath. At present it took one year to complete the recruitment process. Even after recruitment how many will join as GDS and out of this to how many department will able to retain, is intense to see particularly when department is eager to complete RICT project along with IPPB working.
As far as we as employees are concerned, aforesaid schemes effected the pay scale, pay band, carrier progression of the officials in one manner or the other and brought huge anomalies amidst themselves, be it may be during implementation of recommendations of 4th CPC, 5th CPC ,6th CPC and now 7th CPC. Affected persons left stranded for want of specific, clear and unambiguous instructions. Nodal offices do issue instructions, but for their own schemes and never keep checks, RRs remained tossed between the organisations. Persons at the helm of the affairs remained at a bay and won’t persuade for interest of betterment of their own employees. 5400 is working under 4800, 5400 and 4800 are putting their files before 4600, 4200 is working under 2800, direct will get different initial fixture, departmental will other in the same feeder cadre and so on. Account line people have their own interpretation. Who is being supervised and by whom he is to be supervised and who has be supervised is now a 100 million dollar question.
Alas ! Only a wonder can set right the dilemma